The pageant, which was held at the West Virginia State Theatre, was especially memorable for Kiona Norvell, of Leon, who was crowned this year’s Regatta Queen. As part of her win, Norvell will participate in this week’s Regatta activities.
In addition, she will represent the festival throughout her year-long reign at various events, parades and activities. Norvell also will represent the Regatta during the West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Pageant. The winner of the Fairs and Festivals Pageant goes on to reign over the 2012 West Virginia State Fair.
The evening also was memorable for Meghan Bowles, of Leon, who was named first runner-up. Lauren Roush, of Mason, also was named second runner-up and Miss Congeniality.
Other contestants who competed were: Emily Bledsoe, Katie Giannunzio, Jessica Erin Griffith and Emily Michelle Holley.
Friday’s pageant also featured the first-ever Regatta Teen Pageant. Winning the inaugural Teen Queen title was Alexis Farmer of Spencer. Farmer also won the pageant’s Wood Family Hero Award.
In the teen division, Michaela Drummond also was named first runner-up, while Adrian Bird won second runner-up.
Other contestants who competed were: Kathleen Mae Davis and Alexis Kathleen Legg.
Winners of the Regatta’s River Princess and Miss Maritime Pageant, which was held Sunday, will be published in Wednesday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register.